Orion Capsule: Designed for Deep Space
Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building NASA's Orion, the only spacecraft designed for long-duration, human deep space exploration. Orion will transport astronauts to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as the Moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth.
Orion Design Components
The Exploration Mission-1 Orion spacecraft is undergoing assembly and test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA and Lockheed Martin are approaching the end of Orion’s development phase, having successfully tackled many of the toughest engineering challenges associated with human exploration of deep space. The team remains on track for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) in 2020 and Exploration Mission-2 (EM-2), the first crewed flight, as early as 2022.